Wednesday, 03 March, 2021


Director Tristram Shapeero Apologizes for Comment During Lukas Gage Audition

Tristram Shapeero and Lukas Gage Director Tristram Shapeero Refuses to Apologize for Lukas Gage Zoom Call
Hannah Rogers | 27 November, 2020, 16:11

After initially denying he would, director Tristam Shapeero has come forward to apologize for being the British voice behind a now infamous Zoom audition in which he seemingly shamed actor Lukas Gage's small apartment.

Shapeero, whose directorial credits include Community, Parks and Recreation, and Veep, argues that he doesn't owe an apology to Gage because "I didn't say anything bad". "Your apt looks pretty great to me and honestly, f that dude, he doesn't deserve to work with someone like you", actress Jenna Ushkowitz said.

After he was heard criticizing Gage's apartment on the video, Shapeero stated that he was "mortified" and "so, so sorry" for his remark.

"First and foremost I offer Mr. Gage a honest and unvarnished apology for my offensive words, my unprofessional behaviour during the audition and for not giving him the focus and attention he deserved".

Shapeero claims, "I was using the word "poor" in the sense of deserving sympathy, as opposed to any economic judgment. My phrases had been being spoken from a real place of appreciation for what the actors had been having to endure, caught in confined areas, discovering it inside themselves to present a role-winning efficiency underneath these situations". During it, an unmuted director makes reference to tiny apartments and "these poor people, ' referring to actors". Learn the total assertion right here.

But Shapeero doesn't get any further before Gage interjects: "I know it's a [rubbish] apartment that's why [you should] give me this job so I can get a better one".

"Listen, I'm living in a four by four box, it's fine, just give me the job and we'll be fine", quipped Gage in response. "It's fine, just give me the job, and we'll be fine".

Gage made the moment less awkward with a witty reply, leading the director to apologize, and shared the clip on social media - months after the audition - as a "PSA" to "sh** talking" directors to mute their mics on Zoom auditions. Despite clearly coming across as apologetic during their Zoom meeting, Shapeero isn't willing to accept fault for what Gage wasn't supposed to hear, saying, "Because the context of which it was said and the context of the meanings of the words need to be properly evaluated".

The director concluded the statement by adding that he is "mortified" about the incident and wants to become "an even better partner to actors from the audition process to the final cut".

We're told that Gage did not get the job but is now on location in Hawaii with Molly Shannon.

"What a lousy thing for him to say. and here you are putting yourself out there for your audition. vulnerable. wanting to get the part etc", his "The White Lotus" co-star Molly Shannon wrote.

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